Superficial phlebitis is rarely serious and usually responds to pain control, elevation, and warm compresses.
Deep vein thromboembolism is potentially life-threatening if not treated, pulmonary embolism is a potential complication. It is important to find out why the DVT occurred and minimize the risk factors for a future occurrence.
DVT can damage the internal structure of the vein leading to the complication of a post-phlebitic leg with chronic leg swelling and pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014
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